The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was established in 2010. Following a period of rapid growth and transition the agency has made significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society.

European Space Weather Week

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ESWW9A SANSA Space Weather team attended the Ninth European Space Weather Week (ESWW9) at the Académie Royale de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium from 5 - 9 November 2012. ESWW9 was attended by over 300 researchers, forecasters and users of Space Weather products and services.

The event highlighted key innovations in space weather research, applications and services. Various sessions focused on current challenges and actions necessary in moving towards a sustainable Space Weather Infrastructure able to meet the requirements of a diverse end-user community.

ESWW9 provided an excellent opportunity for the SANSA team to network with other organisations involved in Space Weather. The team identified new space weather products and applications and learnt how to improve upon existing South African Space Weather services.

SANSA Engineers off to Antarctica

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SA Agulhas IIEmbarking on a journey to the frozen continent of Antarctica is a once in a life time experience filled with mixed emotions of excitement and anxiety about what lies ahead. Cornelia Oberholzer, Philip Mey, Padraig Riley, Paul McQueen, Nadia Hansa, Claire Antel, and Carson McAfee departed from Cape Town Harbour aboard the S.A. Agulhas II, on 6 December 2012. Cornelia and Philip will be staying at the South African base in Antarctica for 14 months while the remaining members of the SANSA team will be returning in three months’ time. The team will maintain and install new scientific equipment as well as collect data which contributes to space science research nationally and internationally.

The S.A. Agulhas II was recently built to replace the S.A. Agulhas following 33 years in service. The new state of the art vessel has been fitted with eight permanent laboratories and six containerised laboratories to help carry out mobile research.

“This will be the vessels maiden voyage to Antarctica and a true test of her ice breaking capabilities” said Mr Henry Valentine, Director of Southern Oceans and Antarctic Support for the Department of Environmental Affairs.

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